Cisco offers an extensive line of wireless LAN products and software tools designed to enable anywhere, anytime access to information and resources and to promote collaboration among workers, associates, suppliers, and clients. Cisco's wireless product families include the Small Business, Aironet and Meraki series of access points (APs), plus Cisco's Wireless LAN Controller modules and standalone devices. Progent's certified wireless consulting experts can help businesses of any size to deploy Cisco wireless solutions to accommodate the current paradigm of Bring-Your-Own-Device networks by converging their tethered and untethered environments to achieve simplified deployment, consistently high throughput, centralized management, enterprise-wide policy enforcement, fault tolerance, and advanced protection.
Cisco Converged Security Architecture for Bring-Your-Own-Device and Wired/Wireless Networking
The Cisco Unified Wireless architecture can scale to as many as 18,000 wireless access points with full Layer 3 mobility at central or offsite locations such as business headquarters, college auditoriums, branch offices, and telecommuter homes. Cisco's 802.11x wireless access points and wireless controllers are part of Cisco's Unified Wireless Network and are engineered to support the identical level of protection, performance, and manageability for WLANs that companies expect in their wired networks. Cisco's technology includes built-in mobile services like Voice over IP, high-definition IP video, and safe guest connectivity. Cisco's Unified Wireless Network solution enables organizations to create Wi-Fi environments that streamline the way they work and enhance output via a mobile and connected workforce.
Progent's Cisco CCIE network consulting services can provide remote or on-premises support to assist your organization to design, deploy, manage, expand, and repair converged wired and wireless networks of any size and for any venue. In addition, Progent can provide affordable remote and on-premises wireless site surveys to assist your company to design and deploy a wireless network with custom-designed access point clusters optimized for your specific work area layout, building structure, and intended application.
Small Business, Aironet and Meraki Wireless Access Points
Cisco's Small Business, Aironet and Meraki lines of access points allow organizations to integrate wired and wireless infrastructure to deliver the accessibility, density, performance, security and ease of management required for practically any scenario. These wireless access points start at bare bones, single-radio 802.11b/g/n units with data rates of 300 Mbps for very small companies or home offices to dual-band 802.11ac APs capable of supporting 200 or more clients on each AP and offering throughput as high as 1.9 Gbps. Cisco's latest selection of access points can be combined or clustered to deliver the capacity to handle environments with high client density and with high usage rates of video-intense applications.
Cisco Small Business 100, 300 and 500 Family of Wireless Access Points
Cisco's Small Business Series of access points are Linux-based units engineered as value-priced 802.11n wireless APs for small offices. Most versions in Cisco's Small Business line of APs support Cisco's Single Point Setup system, which allows you to configure, control and troubleshoot a cluster of access points from a single AP via an intuitive browser-based interface. All of the versions include POE and provide QoS, rogue access point detection, and bridging for wirelessly connecting to another network.
Cisco's Small Business WAP121 Access Point is a wallmount, single-band 2.4GHz device able to support 16 active 802.11n wireless clients, includes a 10/100 Ethernet port, permits up to 4 access pointss and 40 active wireless clients in a cluster, and supports throughput of 300 Mbps. The Cisco WAP131 is a desktop dual-band 2.4/5 GHz 802.11a/b/g/n wireless access point that can support 16 wireless clients per radio for up to 32 wireless clients, features a Gigabit Ethernet LAN interface, and can support throughput of 300 Mbps per radio. The WAP131 does not allow clustering. Cisco's WAP150 is a general-purpose Wave 1 dual-radio 802.11ac/n wireless access point that features a one Gbit Poe port and can support up to 16 clients per radio with 867 Mbps performance for 802.11ac clients and 300 Mbps for 802.11n devices. The Cisco WAP1501 allows four APs per cluster.
The Cisco Small Business WAP321 Wireless-N model is a wallmount single-band (2.4 or 5 GHz) 802.11n device that can handle 80 wireless clients sharing an 8-device cluster. The WAP321 has a Gigabit Ethernet interface and can deliver sustained throughput of 300 Mbps for the selected radio. Cisco's WAP351 is a dual-band 2.4/5 GHz 802.11n access point that includes a 5-port Gigabit Ethernet switch and can handle 32 active clients per radio for up to 64 clients, and support a sustained data rate of 300 Mbps per radio. The WAP351 AP does not allow clustering. Cisco's WAP361 is a dual-band Wireless-AC/N access point that features a 5-port Gigabit Ethernet switch, allows 32 clients per radio, and delivers 867 Mbps performance for 802.11ac devices and 300 Mbps for 802.11n clients. Cisco's Small Business WAP361 allows eight access points for each cluster. Cisco's wall-mountable Small Business WAP371 Wireless-AC/N is a dual-band device that works with 802.11a/b/g/n and the new 802.11ac wireless networking standard. The WAP371 Wireless-AC/N has a Gigabit Ethernet port, can support up to 32 active clients on each radio, and 8 APs per cluster.
Cisco's WAP561 Wireless-N Selectable Band wireless access point includes one 10/100/1000 Ethernet interface and dual concurrent radios (2.4 and 5.0 GHz) that deliver 450 Mbps throughput for each radio, can handle 64 clients for each radio, and allow 16 APs per cluster. Cisco's WAP551 is similar to the WAP 561 but features a single radio selectable band. The Cisco WAP571 and WAP571E (a ruggedized outdoor model) are dual-band 2.4/5 GHz 802.11ac access points incorporating two Gb Ethernet interfaces with link aggregation (LAG), 3x3 MIMO, and up to 1.9 Gbps performance with 1300 Mbps over 11ac and 600 Mbps on 11n. Both units support 32 clients per radio and 16 WAP371 APs on each cluster.
Cisco's Aironet Family of Access Points
Cisco's Aironet line of wireless access points has for years been the top-selling AP product. Aironet access points range from value-priced entry-level models to advanced units. Cisco's Aironet line cover several generations of devices compliant with the evolving 802 standard. Cisco's current line of Aironet wireless access points support Cisco's Unified Wireless Network software and incorporate 802.11ac support, which offers triple the throughput as well as superior range and user density compared to the prior generation of APs. Cisco's current dual-frequency Aironet APs can accommodate 802.11n at 2.4 GHz for client devices that do not have 802.11ac capability.
The earliest Aironet APs are outdated devices that have come to end-of-sale status and are not fully supported by Cisco. Progent continues to provide technical support for the entire Aironet line of APs and can help you to maintain your existing Aironet Wi-Fi system or upgrade cost effectively to the latest Aironet products. To find out more about Progent's support for current and outdated Aironet wireless access points, see Cisco Aironet access points system design and troubleshooting.
Cisco's Meraki Wireless Access Points
Cisco's family of Meraki dual-band indoor APs range from value-priced devices for small businesses to advanced products supporting up to 2.5 Gigabit per second performance. Every Meraki indoor wireless access point offers high-end capabilities such as self-configuring installation, advanced protection, BYOD support, built-in analytics, zero-touch web-based firmware updates, and consolidated cloud management via an intuitive dashboard. Every Meraki indoor AP also incorporates dual powerful client-serving radios with enhanced receive sensitivity as well as a separate radio that offers (WIDS/WIPS) security for RF analysis and deep packet inspection at line rate.
Meraki outdoor APs are IP67 rated, designed to operate in harsh outdoor conditions, and able to resist dust, shock and moisture. Meraki outdoor access points include a Gigabit Ethernet port and deliver advanced features that include cloud-based management with network-wide visibility, 802.1X and native Active Directory integration, built-in antivirus scan, 1-click secure guest access and isolation firewall, application-aware traffic shaping, plus self-configuring mesh with MIMO and beamforming. For details about Progent's support for Meraki APs and cloud management, refer to Cisco's Meraki access points consulting services.
Cisco Wireless LAN Controllers
Cisco wireless network controllers reduce the time and expense needed to deploy, manage, and operate Wi-Fi networks by centralizing control of critical tasks like provisioning APs, enforcing consistent policies across converged wired and wireless LANs, supporting enterprise-wide QoS for voice and video, tracking and troubleshooting network health, activating wireless intrusion prevention system (wIPS) capabilities to guard against cyber break-ins and DoS threats, and managing IPv6 and dual-stack clients. Cisco has designed wireless LAN controllers for organizations of all sizes and can provide standalone desktop appliances, modular add-on controllers for Cisco ISR routers and switches, and switches with built-in wireless controllers.
The latest versions of Cisco wireless network controllers incorporate Cisco CleanAir tools to avoid signal interference and produce self-healing wireless networks for top 802.11n and 802.11ac performance and protection. Built-in Bonjour Gateways allow discovery, advertisement and policy across WLAN, LAN and WAN for Apple applications. For fault tolerance, Cisco wireless network controllers support AP and client stateful failover by enabling a backup HA controller to synchronize with a main wireless controller for access point license count, CAPWAP keys, and AP CAPWAP state. If the main wireless controller goes down, thousands of wireless access points and clients can switchover at subsecond speeds to the secondary wireless LAN controller.
Cisco's Wireless Module for ISR G2 Routers with UCS-E offers entry-level 802.11n and 802.11ac support for Cisco 2900 and 3900 Series routers used by smaller organizations and branches. This affordable and scalable solution can support from five to 200 APs and as many as 6000 wireless clients. (To find out concerning Progent's online and onsite consulting services for Cisco routers, refer to Cisco router deployment and management consulting.)
Cisco Catalyst 3650 Series are 1RU switches designed for small to mid-size businesses and branches and features an integrated wireless LAN controller with the ability to handle up to 40 Gb of wireless capacity for each switch and up to 25 access points and 1000 clients on each switch. Catalyst 3850 Series are 1RU switches designed for midsize and large organizations and feature an integrated wireless controller with up to 40 Gb of wireless capacity on each switch and the ability to handle up to 50 wireless access points and up to 2000 wireless clients. The Wireless Services Module2 is a plug-in blade for Catalyst 6500 Series switches that include an integrated wireless network controller intended for mid-to-large size enterprises and capable of 20 Gbps throughput and with support for up to 1000 APs and 15,000 clients. (To find out concerning Progent's support for Cisco Catalyst switches, see Cisco switches configuration and troubleshooting support.)
Cisco 2500 Wireless Controllers are economical desktop appliances that streamline the provisioning and management of Wi-Fi networks for SMBs and branches. The Cisco 2500 Series wireless LAN controller can handle 5 to 75 access points and up to 1000 wireless clients and offers sustained performance of up to 1 Gbps.
The Cisco 5500 Series Wireless Controller is a scalable 1RU unit designed for medium-sized to large organizations and campuses and can support 500 wireless access points and 7,000 wireless clients while providing 8 Gbps performance. Cisco's 5760 Series Wireless Controller is a 1RU appliance intended for mid-to-large campuses with support for up to 1000 access points and 12,000 clients and offering throughput of 60 Gbps to accommodate high wireless client densities and high usage of media-rich mobile applications.
The Cisco Flex 7500 Series Wireless Controller is designed to manage thousands of wireless remote sites from one location, eliminating the requirement for a Wi-Fi controller at every branch. The 1RU Flex 7500 allows you to create a private cloud to deploy, track, maintain, and troubleshoot up to 6000 APs and 64,000 clients while supporting 1 Gbps performance. The Cisco 8500 Series Wireless Controller is a 1RU rackmount device designed to manage Wi-Fi environments for very large campuses or service providers and can be expanded to support 6000 APs and 64,000 clients while offering 10 Gbps performance.
Legacy Cisco Access Points, LAN Bridges and Wi-Fi Controllers Supported by Progent
The 802.11ac standard for Wi-Fi effectively rendered obsolete the earlier generations of Wi-Fi devices for environments that have high densities of wireless clients and high usage of video-intensive software applications. Even for businesses who do not currently require the bandwidth efficiency of 802.11ac, many of Cisco wireless products have reached end-of-life status, which can present significant maintenance and compliance issues. Progent's Cisco-certified consultants offer online and on-premises support for a broad range of older-generation wireless products from Cisco. Progent can in addition assist organizations to assess the potential ROI for upgrading up-of-date wireless infrastructure and can help in designing and carrying out affordable, seamless upgrades. The following are a few of Cisco older-generation wireless devices that Progent's consultants continue to support.
Legacy Cisco Aironet Access Points
Cisco Aironet 1000 or 1130AG family access points are intended for offices and similar locations which have minimal environmental instability. These devices have integrated antennas that provide dependable omnidirectional coverage profiles. The Cisco 1130G Series wireless access point is available for regulated domains that do not allow 802.11a operation.
Cisco Aironet 1230AG/1240AG family APs are intended for more difficult RF environments such as manufacturing plants or above ceiling structures which typically call for adjustable external antennas and ruggedized enclosures. The Cisco 1240G Series product is designed for regulatory locations that do not permit 5GHz transmission.
Cisco Aironet 1500 Series lightweight outdoor wireless mesh APs deliver an economical, scalable, secure outdoor Wi-Fi mechanism for campus areas and for public venues that require access for mobile phones or computers.
Legacy Cisco Wireless LAN Bridges
Cisco wireless bridges provide a high-performance and feature-rich technology for integrating numerous local area networks in a metro situation or public access network. Cisco wireless LAN bridges offer a versatile, easy-to-use technology that meets the security requirements of WAN professionals. These bridges support both point-to-point and P2MP implementations with excellent coverage and support for traffic throughput up to 54 Mbps.
Cisco wireless bridges offer throughput significantly faster than E1/T1 links for far less expense, avoiding the necessity of expensive leased lines when linking different buildings. Since bridges require no ongoing costs, savings on connection bills rapidly pay for the startup hardware costs. Self-installed private lines and even leased lines utilizing copper or optical cable can require high initial expenses in cases where they are impeded by barriers such as highways, train tracks, or lakes and rivers. Cisco Aironet wireless LAN bridges can be installed rapidly with a fast ROI.
Aironet 1300 Series outdoor wireless access points/bridges can be implemented as stand-alone access points, bridges, or wireless group bridges. These appliances have a tough enclosure and offer high-speed, economical wireless interfaces between numerous stationary or mobile networks and users.
Aironet 1400 family wireless bridges provide high-performance, reliable outdoor connections for line-of-sight applications. These devices include a durable cover that is optimized for severe outdoor environments and function in wide temperature ranges.
Legacy Cisco Wireless LAN Controllers
Cisco WLAN Controllers are provide single-point management of wireless LANs by simplifying the control of key functions including intrusion prevention, real-time RF management, automatic deployment, and N+1 redundancy. These controllers operate with lightweight APs to deliver superior performance and high-end control capabilities.
Cisco WLAN Controllers (WLCs) provide the manageability, scalability, security, and dependability that network managers need to create secure, large-scale wireless networks, from branch offices to small businesses to headquarter campuses. Cisco's first-generation WLCs can be clustered to provide support for up to 2400 wireless access points per roaming domain.
Cisco's WLCM or WLCM-E Module for Integrated Services Routers provides small-to medium businesses and enterprises a cost effective solution to deploy and control secure WLANs at satellite locations. These products manage up to a dozen Aironet access points and are installable in 2800/3800 Series Integrated Services Routers and Cisco 3700 Series Integrated Services Routers. (For information about Progent's remote and on-premises consulting support for Cisco routers, see Cisco router deployment and troubleshooting support.)
How Progent's Consultants Can Assist You with Cisco Wireless Solutions
Progent can provide access to a Cisco-certified consulting professional to assist your business to plan, install, maintain and repair a converged wired and wireless infrastructure integrating a wide array of wireless devices that offer the identical protection, extensibility, and ease of management you demand from a wired environment. Progent can assist you to maintain legacy wireless solutions from Cisco or migrate seamlessly to current 802.11ac-comaptible products. Progent's CISM, CISSP, and ISSAP security professionals can advise you about how to build protection into your wireless network and into your business operations. Progent's disaster recovery planning consultants and business continuity consultants can show you how to deploy the HA technology built into Cisco's wired/wireless technologies so your converged network provides significant business value.
Progentís Wireless Site Survey assists you to plan and implement a robust wireless network optimized for your environment, offering a Wi-Fi ecosystem that provides comprehensive coverage, high performance and capacity, QoS features to support IP voice and video, advanced security and compliance, and streamlined management. Progent's Wi-Fi Site Survey can be performed remotely to cut time and expense, or onsite for more complex environments.
For a further discussion of Progent's wireless integration services, see Progent's Wireless LAN Help.
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